Farewell to 2016: Annus Horribilis

2015 may have been a difficult year, but 2016 was a true annus horribilis. It was a year of loss. The graphic only represents a subset that we elegized in 2016 here on CatSynth. Some were personal, some were heroes, some symbolic. There were many deaths. A dark illiberal populist pall has been cast over the country and the world. But most of all, I am still grieving for the loss of our beloved Luna.

How does one keep going after a year like this? The answer I give to friends who have asked that question in the past is that we have no choice. Surviving is what we do, until that day when we don’t.

To be fair, there were many good things this year. Much good music and art that we have written about; career and personal life are much better now than they were a year ago as well. And we look forward to many adventures with our new cat Sam Sam in the coming years.

It’s hard to know what will come to in 2017. It’s a prime number, which brings us a modicum of joy. A see quite a bit of anxiety ahead, but also things to look forward to, including in January. We shall see…

3 thoughts on “Farewell to 2016: Annus Horribilis

  1. 2016 was a year of good and bad and sad.
    While most years are, this year seemed more of the bad-sad.
    As we must do, we will face 2017 with a smile and deal with what comes our way. We are survivors. Love and happiness will prevail.
    Do your best and leave the rest.
    Angels do no more.

    Happy New Year !
    We wish you and your family lots of health,happiness,friendship and peace.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    and mum Nancy

  2. 2016 was such a difficult year, in so many ways. You are right … we just keep on surviving, until the day we don’t. And in the meantime, there is always hope to hold on to.

    Thank you for being our friends. We hope your 2017 is filled with love, joy and all good things!

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